Spanish coach plays down speculation of Worlds rivalry between Valverde and Rodriguez

Alejandro Valverde stole the Vuelta a España points jersey from Joaquim Rodriguez on stage 21 when Purito had a puncture before the sprint

Joaquim Rodriguez and Alejandro Valverde at the start of Stage 21 of the 2015 Vuelta Espana

(Image credit: Watson)

Alejandro Valverde courted a little controversy on stage 21 of the Vuelta a España on Sunday by winning the intermediate sprint to snatch the points jersey while the incumbent, Joaquim Rodriguez, suffered with a puncture.

The pair will line up together for Spain in the UCI World Championships road race in Richmond on September 27 and team manager Javier Minguez insists the incident will not be an issue.

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